Amid grief for Newtown shooting, remember what Amalek did
We must confront the difficult questions of mental illness and gun control, despite the devastation of the Connecticut tragedy. In doing so, we will fulfill the Torah's commandment to both remember the horrible deed and blot it out of our memory.
One of the most perplexing commandments in the Torah deals with our treatment of Amalek, the nation that attacked Israel's weakest elements on their journey out of Egypt. "Remember what Amalek did to you...You shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!" At once, we are commanded to remember Amalek and to blot out their memory.
A few days ago, humanity was once again...